How To Socialize An Older Dog – Tips And Advice

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You may have heard of the term “rescue” before, but it doesn’t necessarily mean someone looking for a lost pet or someone who just wants to take care of a dog temporarily until they are able to find their own home. There are many different types of rescues out there. Some are organized and some aren’t. Some need financial assistance, while others don’t.

Sometimes these rescues do not require any sort of medical treatment at all; sometimes they will provide food and water if you agree to let them keep your dog overnight (and maybe even give them a bath). Other times, they might want to get rid of the animal immediately because they feel like it’s no longer useful or necessary in their life anymore.

There are also different kinds of rescues depending on where you live. For example, in New York City, most rescue groups will not accept animals from outside the city limits unless they have been found through a licensed shelter. They will usually charge a fee for this service. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of those cities without such restrictions, then you probably won’t have too much trouble finding a group willing to take your dog.

In this day and age, there are so many different types of groups in every city that you can surely find one that will assist you.

Some rescuers are more reputable than others so it is always a good idea to do your research and not just go with the first one that says they can help. If you know of a good organization or shelter that might be able to help, don’t be afraid to ask them for assistance. However, if you have exhausted all of your resources and still need help, don’t be afraid to try a rescue group. It really does pay to do your research before just going with the first one that says they can help.

Below you can read some real life experiences from other dog owners who had to resort to finding a rescue because of various circumstances. Maybe their stories can help you figure out what you’re going to do with your own dog.

My Dog Is A Registered Service Animal But The Airline Wants Me To Produce Proof

One day I was at the airport to catch a flight and they made me get off because I had a registered service dog with me. The airline said that they needed proof that my dog was a registered service animal. This is what I did.

Find out what organization certifies your dog and get the forms to apply from their website. In my case, I have a registered service dog from the National Service Dog Registry. I downloaded the application forms from their website. This is the organization that I used and they were very helpful so I suggest using them as a resource.

Go to a notary public and fill out the forms. These forms can be extensive so get all of your information filled out before going and fill it out carefully. Also, the fees to get the certification for my dog was $100.

Once you have it all filled out, take it to a notary public to have it notarized. Most banks provide this service for free but any bank or UPS store will do it. They will also give you a sealed official copy if you need it in the future.

Go to your doctor and have them fill out the medical form. This is to certify that your dog is indeed a service dog and they provide letterhead to fill out so they will look official.

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Fill out the remainder of the form and submit it to the National Service Animal Registry. They will accept online but I found it easier to just send mine through the mail. They will verify everything and then send you an official certificate of registration for your service dog.

Once you have all of this done, you can fly with no issues. The TSA personnel may give you a hard time but simply show them the national registry certification and they will let you through. I can’t say this is the best way to do it but it worked for me and my dog. I hope this information is helpful to you and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Where To Look For More Help

If you’re serious about trying to solve this problem, I have a directory of service dog organizations, trainers and other resources here.

The following groups are all reputable and won’t charge you anything to help you:

National Service Animal Registry – They deal specifically with emotional support animals but they have a solid certification program. There are absolutely no fees involved what-so-ever. They will also provide you with a very nice photo ID card for your dog.

US Department of Justice – This is the government page that lists laws about Service Animals and the access they provide their owners. This is a great resource if you’re looking for legal definitions and guidelines.

HALO Animal Rescue – This is a great group that rescues dogs from high kill shelters and trains them to be service dogs. They do a lot of other good work as well but this is the section that is pertinent to your question. They provide the training free of charge to anyone that requests one and they will provide the certification paperwork for you as well.

ADA National Contacts – The American’s with Disabilities Act has a list of national contacts that may be able to provide assistance as well.

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Whatever you do, do not go online and pay for a certification or registration. These are all fake and a scam. The only exception to this is the National Service Animal Registry (listed above) so don’t pay anyone else.

Also, be wary of the free services. They require time and effort and any legitimate service is going to ask for payment some how. Be wary of these as they may be scams or they may be inept and charge much more than necessary for their services. Just keep this in mind.

If you want to verify that the registry or certification you’re looking at is official, call your local United States Attorney’s office. Give them the name of the registry and the phone number and ask them if it is a known and legitimate service. If they don’t know, they can always call the FBI to verify for them.

I hope this information is helpful to you and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Good Luck!

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Follow Up

Hey Robert,

I just wanted to say thanks for the information you provided. I used all of it and managed to get a really great service dog from Halo. He’s taken a lot of the stress out of my life and dealing with my condition on a day to day basis is much easier now. The process was really simple and only took a few days to complete.

I don’t know why more people don’t know about this, but thanks again for the help!

Follow Up 2

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Hey Robert, you mentioned in your answer that many of these programs are scams or fake. I went through HALO and have had no issues with them or their dogs. All of my papers and documents were provided by them and they are certified through the American Kennel Club. I don’t know where you heard this but I’m glad I trusted HALO to help me out with this.

They do a lot of other great work as well.

Follow Up 3

Robert, we should meet sometime so I can thank you for your help with this. I would also love to tell you more about our program and how we’re able to help people like you live better lives. I’ve sent you a message with more info, let me know if you’re interested in chatting.

Regards,

Mike

From Mike Hunt

Thanks for your message, I would be very interested in learning more.

Would it be possible to meet in person? Do you have any advice for extreme caution when looking for companies online?

From Robert Wilson

Hi Mike, sure we can chat. As for advice, I can only tell you the same thing I told Mike in my previous email. Be very careful! There are a lot of scammers and fraud out there.

You would be surprised by how many people want to take advantage of your situation.

The best way to verify a company is by going through the American Kennel Club. However, as I mentioned before, even they have their offshoots that are trying to scam people. So just because they have a legitimate kennel listed doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe. You just have to be careful.

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I can tell you about my experience then you can decide if you want to take the plunge or not. I used the information I received from a reliable source to narrow down potential companies by going through online reviews and their certification with the American Kennel Club. After doing this, I had a much smaller list to choose from.

Next step was to call these companies and see if they were legitimate. You can usually tell pretty quickly if they are full of it or not. I also asked them specific questions about their program and prices just to see what they would say. For example, most of these companies have a fee for the certification of the dog but many don’t charge extra for service calls or to provide you with the paperwork.

I asked specific questions like this to see how they would respond.

After I had winnowed my list down to two companies, I decided to take the plunge and see how their customer service was. I called both companies and told them about my situation. Both companies were very sympathetic and told me they could help me. This is where you have to ask yourself a question or two…

do you go with the company that only charges a one-time fee of $299.99 or do you go with the company that only charges $99.00 a month for the rest of your life?

After speaking to both companies, I decided that there wasn’t a huge difference between them and went with the company that only charged a one-time fee. This was my decision and I don’t think there is necessarily a right or wrong answer here. Just make a decision that is right for you in your situation.

I sent the $299.99 to the company with overnight delivery. I had everything I needed from them in under two weeks and that included getting my name on the certified list and all of their customer service questions.

As for the company that charged $99 a month, I couldn’t resist sending them a check for twelve months just to see what would happen. They cashed the check immediately but never did respond to any of my requests or inquiries.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

From Mike Partlow

Thanks for all the information! Makes it easier to pick one that way.

I’m leaning towards the $299 company, purely because I don’t trust the other one. The price difference isn’t really THAT much of a difference, but then again if you think about it, that’s like a car payment over the course of a year!

Will definitely let you know which one I pick and how it goes!

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From Nathan Yates

I too am interested in this. I have been thinking of getting a dog for the family as my daughter has been asking for one.

Thanks, Nathan

From Mike Partlow

Hey there Nathan,

Good to hear from you as well!

I ended up going with the more expensive company mainly because they had a better reputation and provided me with all my paper work within 2 weeks. The whole process was actually very easy and painless!

You’re right about the price though, it is like a car payment each month, but with one less car to purchase, gas to buy, and repairs to make it evens out in my opinion.

Hope this helps!

From Nathan Yates

Since I am a careful person by nature, I have a few more questions if you don’t mind.

Does the company require you to get the dog Certified as a Therapy Dog before it comes to your home? How hard is this and expensive?

I really don’t want any surprises.

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From Mike Partlow

Nathan,

They provide all the certification for free. They send it to you with instructions on how to proceed. It is very simple, all the forms are filled out for you already. All you need to do is make an appointment with your local psychology office that offers the testing and go from there.

You will have to take your dog there alone the first time but after they give you the okay, you can bring him along on visits.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

From Nathan Yates

Thanks, I’m just looking for reassurance that I have made the right choice for my situation.

I do have one more question.

What breed of dog did you get?

From Mike Partlow

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the kind words!

I went through this process about 6 months ago and ever since then I’ve been meaning to write a review of my experience but never got around to it until now.

I got a German Shepherd, they are widely recognized as great home protection dogs and their temperament is perfect for the job. I can honestly say the day I brought him home from the shelter was the best day of my life! It sounds strange I know, but you will not regret it.

Here is the link to the site that I used if you decide to go through with it:

Best of luck to you, let me know if you have any other questions!

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From Nathan Yates

Thanks for the information. I am leaning that way but still not decided yet.

I have another question if you don’t mind.

What kind of dog do you have and how old is it?

My daughter has always wanted a puppy but we have always told her no because of the extra work and cost. I told her that if I get a Service Dog she can help me take care of it. That may seal the deal for me on this issue.

From Mike Partlow

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the reply, I’m glad you’re leaning towards getting one! They have been proven to significantly reduce depression in patients with chronic diseases.

I adopted mine from a shelter so if you go that route just ask them about your options. It is amazing the misinformed crap people will believe when they see a puppy.

I have attached a picture of mine, his name is Diabetic Hans. He is an 8 month old German Shepherd.

From Nathan Yates

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Thanks for the info on your dog and the picture. I think that sealed the deal. My daughter will be excited to hear we are getting one. I told her we would get one after my next paycheck.

I’m hoping that will be in time.

I filled out the information on that website and I have an appointment with the local psychologist next week so we can get the ball rolling on this.

Thanks for all the help!

From Mike Partlow

No problem, I hope everything works out for you guys! I know you will love your new companion, they really are great dogs!

I’m glad you decided on getting one. I know it will really help you out. Just be sure to keep me posted on your progress and let me know if you have any more questions!

From Nathan Yates

Thanks again.

Well it is done. I have an appointment next Wednesday with the psychologist. I’m hoping this all goes through because I could really use the help and it would be great for my daughter to see that this sort of thing can be beneficial to her in the future.

I’ll keep you posted. Take care.

From Nathan Yates

Well I went to the appointment and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. The psychologist said he is not willing to sign off on me having a Service Dog because of my criminal record. He says he doesn’t feel comfortable giving someone with my background a 25% discount on an alarm system because of all the break-ins that have happened in the area lately.

I explained to him that I currently do not have a job and due to my condition, I probably won’t be able to work for at least another year or two because of my conditions ongoing effects on my body.

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He asked me if I had ever thought about going on disability, I told him yes but the process is a long one and who knows if I will qualify.

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